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It’s happening everywhere. People take their work around with them now. The Parisian café used to be such a sociable, relaxing experience.
I think we’ll have b&w here...
Thanks for looking,

Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:16.0-85.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:35mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.6
Shutter Speed:1/40sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Workstation - St Germain des prés
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:11 May 2011 - 7:34 AM
Tags:Black & white, People, Photo journalism
Variant - ReportVariant - Report



Such deep thought you have captured here... mono just works so well


Well captured.

Ray42  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2011 - 8:29 AM

Two good candids Moira

frz67  6 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2011 - 8:51 AM

He looks so isolated from the rest of the world, listening to the music and deeply concentrated on whatever he is doing.
paraphrasing the sentence in the BG, every picture is a story.
well seen


Last Modified By frz67 at 11 May 2011 - 8:51 AM

Suits the Mono treatment Moira.


V1 wonderful, Moira - and quite right to make it mono. When I saw thew thumbnail, I thought he had a fag in his mouth, which would have made it really French.


Youngsters have to carry so much around these days. Something to plug in your ear, computer, no doubt a mobile etc. Apart from the equipment, this lad could easily be from the 60s or 70s. Lovely clear shots.

joolsb  1127116 forum posts Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2011 - 10:30 AM

I like it! Although, for true authenticity, he should be smoking a Gauloise and have a glass of pastis in front of him. Wink

pdcche  5 United Kingdom
11 May 2011 - 10:50 AM

Two nice candids Moira, nice in mono i think.. Peter

Dg  41 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2011 - 10:54 AM

lovely candid shots, especially with all the elements in the background. It's funny how mono changed the way I feel about photographs where there are loads of technical stuff like the netbook, headphones, etc... Before seeing this, I really hated the immersion of electronics in photos which were meant to create a mood / atmosphere which was not commercial.

ChrisOs  10 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2011 - 11:09 AM

So it's not just on British trains that people using computers think they are entitled to take up the whole of a table meant for four people, and he doesn't seem to have a drink from the café either; I bet he's popular. Every picture has a story. I like the mono treatment; and I prefer the pensive mood of version 1.

mikbee  8 Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2011 - 12:01 PM

Thankfully Moira,this electronic,computerised age has not reached the Leith Dockers Social club yet.One can still participate ia a lively debate about whose turn it is to get the drinks in,or what on earth possesed Big Aggie to wear that God awful green dress with the pink flowers on it,without any distractions of any electronic gadgetery !!
For once I reckon mono is a must here.
And for Big Aggie's dress,mono would be a must too !!


Excellent candid images, Moira, definitely suits the mono treatment. He certainly looks to be engrossed in his work! Smile
Trev Smile


V1 shows the intensity of it. I was at the local bookstore yesterday, and it has the same clientele making use of the free wi-fi. Probably preferable to studying at home in many cases.


Free wi-fi is worth soemthing--- Europe is wonderful that way!


Two well seen images Moira. He was so deep into his work he didn't know a thing. Like V1 best..........Sandy


Wonderful images Moira - although my preference is for the thought processes going on in v1.

LexEquine  9 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2011 - 2:43 PM

"The only thing, 'that spoils the images,' Moira,...is that 'He is using a Mac." I am a 'Bill Gates $MS person.' LOL GrinWink...Two excellent candid shots rendered beautifully in monochrome, B&W. I favor the v1 version, today. Have a great Day!

Ciao...Peter Smile

Last Modified By LexEquine at 11 May 2011 - 3:08 PM

Great candid shot Moira, wish studying was this comfy when i was a lad Smile


Sign of the times Moira, thank you very much for my award. Very appreciated from an articulate photographer as you are. Ron.

jonwebber  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2011 - 5:17 PM

I wonder . . . but he cannot tell me.
Very well spotted.

bliba  9 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2011 - 5:26 PM

perfect bnw work.....love it

11 May 2011 - 5:53 PM

Its ether laptops or phones Moira, he's totally engrossed, fine images, love the conversions,

Last Modified By Adrian_Reynolds at 11 May 2011 - 5:53 PM
baclark  63740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2011 - 5:54 PM

Totally in a world of his own. Wonder how many coffee shops there are around the world all full of people studying and working? Superb candids Moira. Why does that panini sound so much nicer in French?!


Nice bit of mono Moira, and V1 has the best expression IMHO Smile

John Smile


It certainly is a sign of the times, Moira, but it looks like a better place to work than Costa on the M5!


Suehh  839 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2011 - 11:26 PM

Oh yes - could only be b/w!


The mono suits these candids perfectly

kinfatric  11550 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2011 - 7:00 PM

I think they are both great Mrs W


v1 for me Moira

15 May 2011 - 2:00 PM

I'm surprised. Paris. The centre of all sorts of culture & art, & they have a tacky, pulp-fiction, whodunnit on the shelf.
(I'm also quite surprised no-one beat me to the observation).

An excellent street shot Moira.

I'd just like to see V1 straightened, as the slightly leaning door frame detracts a little from an otherwise superb image.

mrswoolybill Critique Team 9825 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1314 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2011 - 4:23 PM

Yes I should have skewed V1 a bit - I didn't want to rotate as that would cut off the top of the lettering top left.


Yep I'm a card carrying Costa coffee addict, must spend 1 1/2 hours per day in them working away between appointments, a great capture. The candid street life is IMHO what you do best.

10 Jun 2011 - 12:19 PM

Ah, Moira, this is my type of image!!!! Wonderful composition, great tones......an excellent conversion! When I saw this in the recent comments page, I instantly wanted to give this one a GE award, however, I only have the power to award images between the 6th and 13th of June. Sad

This is top-notch!



mrswoolybill Critique Team 9825 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1314 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2011 - 4:44 PM

Well I do have the colour versions scheduled for tomorrow...

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